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Man Utd news LIVE: Mauricio Pochettino 'ready to leave' PSG, Brendan Rodgers next manager latest, Villarreal build-up

MANCHESTER UNITED head into tonight's Champions League clash against Villarreal with Michael Carrick in charge as caretaker manager.

The Red Devils might not need to win, but a defeat would be bad news in Spain and plunge the club further into the crisis void.

United are ahead of Unai Emery's side on goal difference in Group F on seven points, while Atalanta have five points and Young Boys three.

Villarreal also beat United in the Europa League final last season, a result that contributed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's demise.

The club have contacted Brendan Rodgers as they search for the Norwegian's successor, SunSport can reveal.

The Red Devils are prepared to stump up the £8million compensation it would cost to prize the former Celtic boss away from Leicester.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Mauricio Pochettino would be willing to leave PSG and join United if the opportunity arose.

The former United midfielder spoke on Monday about Solksjaer's 'emotional' exit from the club, which was confirmed on Sunday after a disastrous 4-1 defeat to Watford.

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  • Justin Lawrence

    POCH JOB

    MANCHESTER UNITED are ‘confident’ of appointing Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager, according to reports.

    And the Argentine is thought to be willing to make the move to Old Trafford immediately.

    The Red Devils need to bring in a new boss after sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday.

    And Paris Saint-Germain chief Pochettino is high on their wishlist.

    Now, according to the Manchester Evening News, United feel they are on course to secure a deal to land the ex-Tottenham gaffer.

    However, it would cost the Old Trafford club £10million in compensation to PSG for them to release him from his contract at the Parc des Princes.

    Added to the £7.5m pay-off Solskjaer received and payments for under-contract coaches, the total cost of the managerial change could be close to £20m.

    The MEN report adds that United have not yet made an official approach for Poch, who is in Manchester ahead of his side’s Champions League clash against City tomorrow.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAUR LIKELY

    Mauricio Pochettino has stormed ahead of Brendan Rodgers and Zinedine Zidane in the running to become Manchester United's next manager.

    That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've slashed Pochettino's price from 6/1 to 5/6 after a frenetic 24 hours in the betting market.

    Several high-profile candidates including Zinedine Zidane, Erik ten Hag, Luis Enrique and Brendan Rodgers are under consideration.

    But they all trail Pochettino for the position at Old Trafford, according to Betfair.

    Caretaker manager Michael Carrick is second in the betting at 4/1, narrowly ahead of Brendan Rodgers (6/1).

    Ajax's Erik ten Hag comes next at 8/1, while Zidane and Laurent Blanc follow at 14/1 and 20/1 respectively.

  • Justin Lawrence

    OUS THE MAN

    Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele has delivered Manchester United a huge transfer blow by opening fresh contract talks at the Nou Camp.

    Dembele's current deal is due to expire in the summer and the Frenchman has been strongly linked with move to Man Utd at the end of the season.

    The 24-year-old Frenchman was believed to be keen on a loan move to Old Trafford in October 2020, only for Barca to block the deal.

    And according to Barca sporting director, Mateu Alemany, 58, the player and his representation are now open to negotiating a contract extension at the club.

    Alemany told Movistar after the club's 1-0 win against Espanyol on Saturday: “With Ousmane we’ve been speaking for a few months, they know what we think.

    “His desire is to stay at Barca, his agents too and they are following the project.

    "They tell me they are happy with Xavi’s arrival, I am especially optimistic with Dembele and I hope he stays.”

  • Justin Lawrence

    CHECKING OUT 

    Mauricio Pochettino is prepared to move back to England after growing tired of living alone in a Parisian hotel.

    The Paris Saint-Germain boss is a top target for Manchester United after they sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    United officials would have to stump up £10million in compensation to bring him in part-way through the season.

    But the 49-year-old is rumoured to be ready to ditch PSG and head back to the Premier League – where he managed Tottenham from 2014 to 2019.

    Pochettino took over at the Parc des Princes in January this year but has never settled in the French capital.

    His family are understood to be living in London still while he stays alone in a hotel across the Channel.

  • Justin Lawrence

    MAUR OR LESS 

    Manchester United must stump up £10million in compensation to Paris Saint-Germain to land Mauricio Pochettino now, according to reports.

    But that figure halves at the end of this season.

    Poch, 49, is currently still in charge at PSG, having taken over from Thomas Tuchel last season.

    But reports suggest the Argentine would be willing to walk away from the Parc des Princes in order to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford immediately, rather than waiting until the summer.

    And while that would mean United would not need to appoint an interim boss for the rest of the campaign, it is understood the mid-season switch would cost them an extra £5m.

    According to the Mirror, Pochettino's release package cuts by 50 per cent in the summer when he enters the final year of his PSG contract.

    But if both United and Poch are keen to get a deal done before that, it is likely the Red Devils would stump up the extra cash.

  • Justin Lawrence

    CRIS CLASS

    Cristiano Ronaldo labelled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer an 'outstanding human being' in an emotional tribute to the sacked Manchester United manager.

    The Norwegian was axed on Sunday morning following the Red Devils' 4-1 defeat at Watford.

    And 24 hours later, superstar forward Ronaldo took to social media with a classy message for his former team-mate and boss.

    He shared two pictures – one recent from this season and another throwback to their time together in Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

    Ronaldo wrote: "He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Manchester United.

    "But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being.

    "I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him.

    "Good luck, my friend! You deserve it!"

  • Alex Terrell

    DON'T MISS THE MATCH

    Remember, tonight's clash between Villarreal and Manchester United is an early kick-off.

    Instead of the usual 8pm slot, it's a 5.45pm start at the Estadio de la Ceramica.

    So make sure you're not working late today, United fans.

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  • Alex Terrell

    NOT CAUGHT NAPING OVER ZZ

    The star-studded Paris Saint-Germain squad reportedly believe Zinedine Zidane’s arrival is ‘imminent’ – opening the door for Mauricio Pochettino to join Manchester United.

    The Red Devils sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Sunday after a miserable run of results and have named Michael Carrick as interim manager.

    United had planned to wait until the summer to appoint a permanent successor, however those plans could be accelerated with news that the ex-Tottenham coach is willing to leave France for Old Trafford now.

    Zidane emerged as a leading contender for the job but has already informed United that he has no interest in taking over.

    He only has eyes on managing the French national team or PSG.

    Now Marca claims that there is already an idea within the PSG dressing-room that Zidane’s arrival is ‘imminent’.

    They state players are already discussing the possibility of the legend replacing Pochettino in the dugout.

  • Alex Terrell

    TEAM NEWS TONIGHT

    Paul Pogba and Raphael Varane are still out of action for Man Utd, while Diogo Dalot could play in place of sidelined Luke Shaw.

    Edinson Cavani is still on the injury table with tendon issues but Donny van de Beek could start the game after his goal against Watford last weekend.

    Gerard Moreno is out of the clash for the home side because of a hamstring injury.

    Arnaut Danjuma, who caused United a whole load of problems in the first game, is in a race against time to play in the sequel.

  • Alex Terrell

    POCH 'UNHAPPY'

    The former Tottenham manager has been is Paris for a year, but is still living in a hotel, according to reports.

    The Mail has claimed that Mauricio Pochettino is living in a hotel, while his family live in London.

    That could very well increase the chances of him moving to United, especially knowing he may be happier living in England.

  • Alex Terrell

    GOT DALOT TO PROVE

    Diogo Dalot aims to fight on at Old Trafford, writes JORDAN DAVIES.

    The Portuguese rightback has just over 90 Prem minutes off the bench this term, including in the 4-1 loss at Watford.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's axe may be bittersweet for Dalot, 22, who has to go back to October 2019 for his last league start.

    He is behind Aaron Wan-Bissaka but hopes to catch Michael Carrick's eye.

    Dalot impressed on loan at AC Milan last season yet feels his future is at Manchester United.

    His deal runs until 2023 but he has been linked with Roma and Jose Mourinho, who signed him at Old Trafford in 2018.

    Atletico Madrid's Kieran Trippier is viewed as an option were Dalot to leave.

  • Alex Terrell

    POCHETTINO'S RECORD AT PSG

    Here is how the Argentinian has gotten on at Paris Saint-Germain as he aims to face Manchester City in the Champions League tomorrow night.

    If you believe reports, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to make his stay in Manchester much longer though, if United can persuade him to quit PSG for them.

  • Alex Terrell

    UNAI SORRY FOR OLE

    Unai Emery says he feels sympathy for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his axe at Manchester United.

    The Villarreal boss beat Solskjaer's side in May's Europa League final – the closest they came to silverware under the Norwegian.

    Now former Arsenal chief Emery wants to leave United on the brink of a Champions League exit tonight.

    But he said: "As a coach, you don't welcome the news that a colleague has lost his job.

    "I have a lot of respect for Solskjaer because of his playing and coaching career.

    "I've faced Solskjaer several times and above all, I value him as a great person.

    "When there's a coaching change, there's a reaction one way or another.

    "The players know, even though they are professional and must always deliver, that they have to show their faces, for Manchester, for the coach that left and the one that has arrived or will come.

    "I expect a very good Manchester United because of their players and the significance of this game."

  • Alex Terrell

    TOUGH TO SAY GOODBYE

    Maguire said Sunday was emotional when Solskjaer made his farewells.

    He added: "He came and spoke to us and, with the emotion, it was difficult.

    "Everyone has a huge amount of respect for Ole, he will remain a legend at this club. He told us we need to get focused for Villarreal and that he would be supporting us in every game, which just shows the values of the man."

    Another setback in Spain this evening could badly dent United's Champions League knockout hopes.

    Maguire, 28, said: "We've got to move this club forward and find something within ourselves to produce a performance for this club."

    United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is considering delaying his exit to lead the managerial hunt. Ralf Rangnick, now at Lokomotiv Moscow, is understood to be interested in discussing a potential role.

  • Alex Terrell

    DREAD DEVILS

    Harry Maguire says Manchester United's shellshocked stars are in the biggest crisis of their careers, writes NEIL CUSTIS.

    The Red Devils have started the hunt for a new boss after one Premier League win in seven cost Ole Gunnar Solskjaer his job.

    Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino are on the shortlist, with caretaker Michael Carrick overseeing tonight's key Champions League trip to Villarreal.

    United skipper Maguire said: "If you speak to the players they would probably say it's the toughest time of their career at club level.

    "The players need to take a big responsibility for everything on and off the field. We have not been good enough as individuals or collectively.

    "We were in it together as a group, the manager and the players, and the manager has paid the price.

    "It has been a hard time because of the amount of respect we had for the boss and what he's done for us.

    "We have been on a journey together and it is never nice when someone loses their job."

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING RED DEVILS FANS

    Manchester United take on Villarreal in the Champions League tonight at the Madrigal.

    This marks United's first match following former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal and so Michael Carrick has been placed in charge for the time being.

    Carrick will be without Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane, who are sidelined with a tendon, thigh, head and hamstring injury respectively.

    Mason Greenwood is also unavailable as he recently tested positive for coronavirus.

    Villarreal manager Unai Emery, on the other hand, will again be without the services of star player Gerard Moreno due to a hamstring injury.

    Former Tottenham ace Serge Aurier also won't feature as he is ineligible for the Champions League.

    The Yellow Submarine may have to make a late call on the fitness of Arnaut Danjuma and Etienne Capoue.

    But there is confidence that both Danjuma and Capoue will pass fit for the big match at the Madrigal.

    Meanwhile, the search for United’s next permanent manager continues after Solskjaer’s dismissal.

    Paris Saint-Germain boss Mauricio Pochettino is open to taking over at Old Trafford.

    That is according to Manchester Evening News, who also claim that Pochettino is prepared to join United mid-season.

    The same report claims the Argentine head coach always had the ambition of managing the Red Devils.

    The former Tottenham boss was the board's first choice to replace Jose Mourinho in 2018 but Solskjaer impressed them during his stint as caretaker manager.

    And Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has been contacted by United, according to SunSport's Neil Custis.

    The Red Devils are also prepared to pay £8million in compensation to the Foxes for Rodgers.

    The former Liverpool boss has a clause in his contract letting him speak to certain clubs if they come knocking — and the Manchester giants are among them.

    Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday morning following a poor start to the season.

    But Zinedine Zidane is not interested in becoming the next United manager.

    That is according to BBC Sport, who report that Zidane is not keen on the top job at Old Trafford.

    The Red Devils have reportedly made contact with the ex-Real Madrid boss, who is currently a free agent.

    The French head coach experienced tremendous success at Real as he won two LaLiga titles and three consecutive Champions League trophies.

  • Kostas Lianos

    ZINEDINE ZI-DONE

    Zinedine Zidane is not interested in becoming the next Manchester United manager.

    That is according to BBC Sport, who report that Zidane is not keen on replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the United dugout.

    The Red Devils have reportedly made contact with the ex-Real Madrid boss, who is currently a free agent.

    The French head coach experienced tremendous success at Real as he won two LaLiga titles and three consecutive Champions League trophies

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAUR AMBITION

    Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to taking over at Manchester United.

    That is according to Manchester Evening News, who also claim that Pochettino is prepared to join United mid-season.

    The same reports claims the Argentine head coach always had the ambition of managing the Red Devils.

    The former Tottenham boss was the board's first choice to replace Jose Mourinho in 2018 but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer impressed them during his stint as caretaker manager

  • Kostas Lianos

    GUNNAR BE OK 

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stepped out of his car to hug a Manchester United fan after leaving the training ground for the last time yesterday.

    United parted company with Solskjaer on Sunday morning after Saturday's 4-1 thrashing at Watford, which marked the final straw following a run of seven defeats in 13 matches across all competitions.

    A fan waited for him as he left the training centre at Carrington where he went earlier today to say goodbye to players and staff.

    A picture has since gone viral showing the manager and the supporter hugging as the latter bid him farewell.

    Solskjaer reportedly told him it has been an honour managing United for the last three years before taking off.

  • Kostas Lianos

    NEV-ER SAY NEVER

    Gary Neville believes Mauricio Pochettino would quit Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester United in a heartbeat.

    Neville told Sky Sports: "I think Mauricio Pochettino — although he'd never say it — would leave to come to Man United on a five-year deal tomorrow.

    "He'd look at that group of players, he'd look at the club and he'd realise he'd probably be able to achieve more than he wants at Man United in terms of a project.

    "At PSG you are on season by season, 'you've got to win the Champions League or you're out' — type of model. I don't think that suits Pochettino. I think he would absolutely come to Man United on a five-year deal, with backing behind him"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN UTD SQUAD

    Here are the players interim Manchester United manager Michael Carrick has called up for tomorrow's Champions League clash at Villarreal.

    Carrick has been put in temporary charge of United after former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal.

    The Red Devils will be without Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw, Raphael Varane and Mason Greenwood.

    CONFIRMED SQUAD: David de Gea, Dean Henderson, Tom Heaton, Lee Grant, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Phil Jones, Diogo Dalot, Alex Telles, Scott McTominay, Bruno Fernandes, Fred, Juan Mata, Nemanja Matic, Donny van de Beek, Jesse Lingard, Amad Diallo, Jadon Sancho, Marcus Rashford, Cristiano Ronaldo, Anthony Martial.

  • Kostas Lianos

    VILLARREAL TEAM NEWS

    Villarreal manager Unai Emery will again be without the services of star player Gerard Moreno due to a hamstring injury.

    Former Tottenham ace Serge Aurier also won't feature as he is ineligible for the Champions League.

    The Yellow Submarine may have to make a late call on the fitness of Arnaut Danjuma and Etienne Capoue.

    But there is confidence that both Dnjuma and Capoue will pass fit for the big match at the Madrigal

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAN UTD TEAM NEWS

    Manchester United take on Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday at the Madrigal.

    This marks United's first match following former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's dismissal and so Michael Carrick has been placed in charge for the time being.

    Carrick will be without Edinson Cavani, Paul Pogba, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane, who are sidelined with a tendon, thigh, head and hamstring injury respectively.

    Mason Greenwood is also unavailable as he recently tested positive for coronavirus

  • Kostas Lianos

    RONALDO TRIBUTE

    Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo issued a touching message to former manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after his dismissal.

    Ronaldo tweeted: “He’s been my striker when I first came to Old Trafford and he’s been my coach since I came back to Man United.

    “But most of all, Ole is an outstanding human being. I wish him the best in whatever his life has reserved for him.

    "Good luck, my friend! You deserve it”

  • Kostas Lianos

    'IT SNOWBALLED'

    Paul Merson claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's reign as Manchester United boss was ruined by Cristiano Ronaldo’s return.

    Merson told Sky Sports: "I feel sorry for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    “He had a plan at the start of the season, having finished second last season.

    “He's chased Jadon Sancho for a long time, got him in, and he's given Edinson Cavani another year.

    “Then, just before the season starts, he gets given Ronaldo. I think he's thrown it all out of the window. From day one, they're not a better team with Ronaldo in it.

    “You don't go 29 games unbeaten away without playing a certain way, and bringing Sancho in gave them another weapon to play that way.

    “With Ronaldo up there, you don't have that weapon to play on the counter-attack any more.

    “It's all snowballed for Solskjaer. He had a plan, and the Ronaldo situation threw it all out of the window, just before the season started.

    “They only went for him because they heard Man City were after him.

    “It's not like United were calling Juventus to ask if he's available because Ronaldo is the missing link for United winning the Premier League. He isn't!”

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